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School Voucher Legislation Withdrawn In Senate

State Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond), the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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Legislation that would allow parents to receive state subsidies to send their children to private schools has been withdrawn by its Senate author.

Republican Sen. Clark Jolley of Edmond said Wednesday he's pulling the school choice plan from consideration in the Senate to address questions about how it would work. Jolley says he plans to pursue the legislation next year.

Jolley says the bill encourages school choice and wouldn't affect property tax revenue to schools. But it would allow 80 percent of state-aid allocation for each child to be withheld from the local district and be paid to a child's parents in the form of a debit card.

The measure is opposed by education groups, including those representing school boards, administrators and teachers.

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